“So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”
1 Peter 2:1-3 NLT
As a mother, I thank God for the beautiful experience of nursing our daughter and now our son. Make no mistake about it regardless to the feeding method of preference children have a special bond with their mothers. With our daughter, she nursed but also took bottles at daycare once I returned to working. Similarly, our son took bottles upon my return to work for a brief period.
Now however, that our children are home with me baby boy rarely takes bottles and there is little need for me to pump. Interestingly enough, I have a freezer stash that I have for emergencies. Some babies nurse directly from the breast ( the tap) or from the pump only. From a spiritual perspective, scripture tells us that we can’t be sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Like our children we get to a point, where we develop different preferences regarding eating habits. However it is through consistent diet and discipline (nursing strikes and growth spurts) that we grow to a place of spiritual maturity.God wants us to feed from him, but all too often we push back when things are not presented the way we anticipated (1 Peter 2:1-2).
Recently, I had a dental appointment and had to take milk from the stash. Well, I’m glad the appointment didn’t take a long time because my husband shared with me our son was pushing the bottle away. God desires that we cry out for the nourishment that comes through his kindness, his word and the bounty of his sacrifice (v3, NLT).